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Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

About three hours before South Carolina and Baylor tip off in the East Regional, the bright lights (and scoreboard) are on inside Madison Square Garden.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Bryant transfer Nisre Zouzoua has heard from NC State, Illinois, Missouri, Arizona State, Maryland, Boston College, source told ESPN.

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UCLA and Kentucky rank first and second in national titles won (UCLA - 11, UK – 8). Tonight will be the third meeting in the NCAA Tournament between the two schools. The winner won the national title after each of the previous two meetings. Friday's game will feature five of the top-20 players on Chad Ford's 2017 NBA Draft Big Board.

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North Carolina is seeking its 26th Elite 8 appearance, second most all-time. The Tar Heels are 12-1 in their last 13 Sweet 16 games and 12-1 all-time in the Sweet 16 as a 1 seed.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

Kansas coach Bill Self said he believes the Elite Eight is "the hardest game of the tournament because there's so much emphasis on the road to Final Four." Instead of playing for a Final Four berth, he wants his players to just stay in the moment of trying to win a game.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Middle Tennessee's Kermit Davis has signed a new 7-year deal at 750K per year, school announces.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

URI redshirt junior E.C. Matthews will return next year, Dan Hurley told ESPN. Averaged 14.9 points this past season. Gives Rams a chance to get back to NCAA tourney.

Andy Katz ESPN Senior Writer 

Louisville coach Rick Pitino on former assistant Wyking Jones getting the Cal job, "Wyking is a hard worker and recruiter and he is more than ready to be a head coach. All three from my (2013) championship team were awesome -- Kevin Keatts (NC State), Wyking Jones (Cal) and Kareem Richardson (UMKC).''

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

California will have new basketball and football head coaches next season, in Wyking Jones and Justin Wilcox, respectively. They have a combined zero years of head coaching experience. Will be interesting to see if the risks pay off.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Florida State freshman Jonathan Isaac announces on Instagram that he'll be entering the NBA Draft. Likely lottery pick.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Florida State freshman Jonathan Isaac is headed to NBA draft. No shock.

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On this date in 1990, Christian Laettner hit a buzzer-beater in the NCAA tournament. It wouldn't be his last. es.pn/2nwbuyF

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

UConn big man Steven Enoch has asked for his release to transfer, source told ESPN.

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In Thursday's 126-98 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, the Phoenix Suns fielded the youngest starting lineup in NBA history, with an average age of 21 years, 14 days. That starting lineup was younger than every NCAA team playing in the Sweet 16 on Thursday except Purdue.

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ESPN's BPI gives a slight edge to Kentucky in this Sweet 16 battle Friday night (9:39 p.m. ET). This will be the third meeting in the NCAA tournament between the two legendary programs, with the winner going on to win the national title the previous two times.